A Little on the Wild Side

I’m told writers fall into two categories – plotters and pantsers. Plotters are those who know exactly where their story is going and have it all mapped out before they begin. Pantsers are the ones who plunge straight in and write ‘by the seat of their pants’. By nature I’m a pantser. I’m allergic to spreadsheets, I detest timelines and never in a million years would I compile a chart with post-it notes summarising each scene. For me the joy of writing is all about discovery. Too much planning would ruin it. I do spend time mulling, however. The ideas stage is both tantalising and satisfying. Often I despair that my head simply won’t come up with the goods. I try to force it by brainstorming

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